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Professional Ratings: 98 The Wine Advocate, 98 International Wine Cellar
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Item no. 100437
Of the three top Châteauneuf cuvées from this exacting estate, "Reserve" is its most seductive and certainly its most sought after, given how few bottles are produced (and only in the best years.) It gets its velvety texture and supple core from the sandy soils of the estate's two vineyards, "Guigasse" and "Bédines," located just behind the estate's "clos." Its midnight-purple robe reminds us why this color historically was reserved for royalty. A wine that will practically strike you dumb with its concentrated core of black fruit; yes, you may have to lick the glass on this one. A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre, aged in a combination of new and older demi-muid.
Domaine du Caillou’s top cuvee is always the Chateauneuf du Pape Clos du Caillou Reserve, and the 2007 boasts a dense purple color as well as an exquisite perfume of graphite, camphor, black currants, black cherries, raspberries, and notions of licorice and smoke providing additional complexity. This dense, full-bodied Clos du Caillou possesses exquisite equilibrium, flawless integration of acidity, tannin, and wood, and a sumptuous, full-bodied finish with no hard edges. That said, the tannins are elevated, and this wine begs for 2-5 years of bottle age. It should age effortlessly for 25 years thereafter. A reminder: the 1998, the first great vintage of this cuvee, is still a young wine at age 10.
Opaque purple. A head-spinning bouquet displays potent blackberry, boysenberry, pipe tobacco, garrigue, incense and mineral qualities. Velvety, palate-staining dark berry flavors are sweetened by notes of cola and candied licorice, with a strong whiplash of minerals on the back end. The dark berry-suffused finish is utterly seamless. A blend of 70% grenache and 30% mourvedre. 95-98